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      03-09-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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▀▄ eas | Rogue Engineering E9X M3 OCTANE SSK ** NOW SHIPPING **



It is with the excitement of a proud papa, we are proud to introduce our OCTANE Short Shift Kit for the 2008 E9X M3.

RE's continual support and product development with professional teams such as Grand Am GS Teams Automatic Racing and Kinetic Motorsport allow for constant product testing and improvement.





Many of the unique features that Rogue Engineering incorporates into the OCTANE short shift kit systems are used through the kit, and are proudly featured in the kit for BMW’s newest M3.

Features:
- 6061 –T6 Billet Aluminum CNC replacement shifter carrier for unsurpassed strength and rigidity
- Delrin carrier bushings eliminate excess shifter carrier movement
- Custom shifter lever reduces throws, without lowering shift knob height. Factory shift knob compatible!
- Rogue Engineering SAPP lower pivot point and Ertalyte TX pivot point continue to set the standard in silky smooth shifting and durability
- e9X M3 specific replacement selector rod adds mass for smoother shifting
- Replacement bushings and clips


Rogue Engineering - OCTANE Short Shift Kit for e9x M3
http://www.europeanautosource.com/pr...oducts_id=2255

Limited availability of this kit begins in April 2009. Contact us to get on our backorder list.

Questions or additional details, please contact us directly.

New: Instructions added to the DIY section:

▀▄ eas | Rogue Engineering E9X M3 OCTANE SSK DIY instructions
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5294967
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      03-11-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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After nearly a year of R&D and manufacturing, RE is proud to announce their much anticipated OCTANE SSK for the E9X M3. There have been some design challenges along the way, but this is why they diligently pursue the right solutions rather than rushing a kit to market.

As you can see in the picture of the pre-production kit above, there are specific components that are unique to the OCTANE SSK. By explaining the details of each part, you will comprehend the extent of time and materials that go into each kit.

The Components



1. 6061-T6 ACQ Billet Carrier - Painstakingly CNC machined from a block of aluminum about the size of a brick, this carrier has incredible strength and rigidity over a stock component. It incorporates Rogue Engineering's Pivot Relocation Cup, to raise the pivot point of the shifter higher, allowing the shifter more drivetrain clearance. An important feature is that it realigns the selector rod so that it is near the factory position, preventing off-axis forces against the transmission's selector rod gear joint, preventing shifting notchiness. If you wonder why Rogue Engineering's shifters have always been the SMOOTHEST shifters on the market, this is one of many small details which allow many of our customers to recognize the ingenuity of RE OCTANE SSKs.

The carrier comes complete with custom Delrin carrier bushings, eliminating excessive carrier movement as a result of the factory rubber bushings.


Factory carrier, factory rubber bushings. Too much play

2. RE's OCTANE shifter lever may seem like the same lever we use in our other kits, but at a closer glance, you will see that it incorporates a double bend, to emulate the factory shifter lever. In essence, the top of the factory lever is moved backwards, approximately 1/2 from the axis of the lower part of the shifter. Other companies have made the mistake of only bending the top of another factory lever backwards, hoping to solve this ergonomic challenge. However, bending the top of the lever back only tips the shift knob towards the driver, and does not emulate the factory position accurately.

During development, RE noticed that the E9X M3 represents the first manual transmission vehicle that BMW has produced where the factory shifter lever is actually excessively lowered. Ergonomics is an important feature in any BMW, and if you were like many of us, we discovered that the shift knob in a stock E9X M3 was very low and very forward (where driver's with larger hands could punch the lower console in the forward gear changes). We deduced that BMW wanted to provide a "sporty" feeling shifter (which it is), but at the expense of driving comfort. With this in mind, we have tweaked the shifter so that it is more comfortable for the driver.


STOCK geometry has downward angle to shifter


RE modified shifter geometry improves position

Mainting their use of the Ertalyte TX pivot point, machined from solid Ertalyte TX rod, to exacting specifications. In developmental testing, our pivot has been shown to be 41% smoother than a stock pivot and an alarming 200% smoother than another aftermarket company's shifter. Small details such as these add up in the long run.

3. Rogue Engineering's Self-Adjusting Pivot Point (SAPP) is still used in our E9X M3 application, proving that our simple and effective method of lower pivot tension control maintains reliability, durability, and longevity. Just ask the 50% of the Grand Am Koni Challenge teams racing with Rogue Engineering shifters in their cars.

4. RE replaces the hollow, factory selector rod with a heavier, TIG welded, stainless steel replacement. This adds additional mass, over the press-tube construction of the factory part. This helps the shifts in the vehicle feel factory smooth, while allowing for the reduced throws.

5. RE uses factory replacement pivot cups and locking circlips to secure the shifter together.

Bundle these parts together, and you have a cohesive short shift kit that reduces throws, but also eliminates the factory shifter sloppiness that should have never been in your E9X M3 in the first place.

What RE has found over a decade of producing short shift kits for BMWs is that overbuilding the shifter components is absolutely worth it. See others use a multitude of microscopic hardware to hold shifter components together may work in the beginning, but will eventually fail when the product is no longer under warranty. Whereas the parts may not be expensive, the reinstallation or repair can at inconvenient times and even costly.

"Do it right, the first time!"
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That looks beefy.

I'm surprised there's minimal talk on this board about short shifters since the stock shifter is WAY TOO LONG when I drove one.
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That looks beefy.

I'm surprised there's minimal talk on this board about short shifters since the stock shifter is WAY TOO LONG when I drove one.
I agree. We'll have one of the first ones on our project when they arrive - feel free to stop by and see it in person before buying.
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RE is a great company, especially when it comes to making SSK's. I would've gotten this instead of the UUC if I knew it was coming out so soon!
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Post #2 updated with current info, video and pictures.

We have a few spots still available.
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When does it go on sale officially?

I plan on having it installed, anyone you recommend to install in Hawaii?
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When does it go on sale officially?

I plan on having it installed, anyone you recommend to install in Hawaii?
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Who is that in those Pictures?

Bump for a great SSK. A HUGE improvement over stock.
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Who is that in those Pictures?

Bump for a great SSK. A HUGE improvement over stock.
I would say it's the best thing next to the shifter.

Special thanks for being an early adopter and the detailed review.
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Kits will be shipping in less than 2 weeks - we're putting one of the 1st ones on our own M3 - expect a full review soon.
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For those would have patiently waiting for our E9X M3 SSK, the horizon is near! Here is a picture of our production WSR, included with the SSK. It is full 303 stainless steel, and 245g (nearly double the mass of the stock one). The pins are CNC machined and TIG welded to the bar itself. The bar is bent by CNC, then machined by CNC. The entire item is hand polished.

Many have been backordered, but we do have enough to satisfy our first round of orders. We should be shipping very soon!

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Nice!! Looking forward to more shiny stuff
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Shifters arrive this week - get your orders in so you don't miss out.
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EAS - Do you know how much shorter the throws are compared to the UUC SSK + DSSR kit? The UUC claims 30-40% throw reduction.

"The exact same 35% reduction in shift travel (100mm from 3rd gear to 4th gear total travel) is retained at stock height, and down to over 40% when height is adjusted to the short end of the adjustment range."

Does the Rogue kit accomplish something similar or is it just a slight throw reduction with a change in shift position for ergonomic reasons. I'm definitely leaning towards the Rogue kit, but I just want to make sure it's more then just a ergonomics kit.

The Rogue site doesn't seem to state anything about how much the throw is actually reduced. They only talk about shifting smoothness, notchy-ness and shift position change.

Any information about this would be awesome. I'm sure other people are wondering about the same thing when comparing UUC to Rogue.

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